The bridge, at Blackbeck between Egremont and Calder Bridge, needs to be re-waterproofed and will also benefit from concrete repairs. Temporary traffic lights and a temporary speed limit will be in place around the clock during the repairs which are expected to be completed by Monday 24 October.
Highways England project manager Mark Mosely said:
This is a vital repairs and maintenance programme and given the location we will need to install temporary traffic lights to ensure we can complete the work safely. We have instructed our contractors to ensure the traffic lights are monitored at key times during the day to prevent needless queueing and help minimise disruption to people’s journeys.
In planning these works we have also involved key stakeholders such as Sellafield. The repairs are south of Blackbeck roundabout so that route remains available for people travelling to the complex from the Egremont side. Staff travelling from the Calder Bridge side can gain access without going near the bridge.
Drivers can check travel conditions before setting out on journeys. Highways England provides live traffic information via its website, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile apps. Information is also available from Twitter via @highwaysNWEST as well as services in other regions.
Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 to keep up to date with road conditions.
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
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